Laurent Koscielny scored his first goal for Arsenal but he was also responsible for Bolton’s equalizer. We have to expect a learning curve from a defender with all the building blocks in place but whose performances have been marred by some naive moments.
At half time the Gunners were 1-1 and due for a real chewing out by Wenger. It seemed to have worked as they looked sharper and hungrier in the second half.
Marouane Chamakh showed his aerial pedigree scoring the second goal. A golden fleeced Song added another from a great bit of hustle in the box. And in the end there was even a Carlos Vela sighting. Bolton’s task was made harder when Gary Cahill was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Chamakh.
Without Nasri, Walcott, and RVP – three attacking starters, the Gunners need a committee of players who can take up the scoring brunt. In this match they got it. But they have to repeat this feature till the trio return early October possibly in time for the Chelsea match.